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    In Memory 13.11.2015
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Breathe ... breathe in the air. A wonderful thing happened this week down here in Singapore ... it rained ! Heavy rain also fell on Sumatra and other islands. It looks like the rainy season has commenced, driven by winds from the north-east. This is good news as it spells the end of the haze, for this year at least.  (Let's not beat about the bush ... this is not haze, rather it is toxic smoke).

Will the Indonesian government be able to prevent the haze from returning next year ?  Dream on. The man-made disaster in Sumatra and Borneo is largely a result of decades of greed, ignorance and mismanagement. It will take many years to reverse the ecological damage to these islands, which were once blanketed in humid, moist rainforest, rather than being blanketed in haze. It needs huge political will - it remains to be seen whether the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, is up to this monumental task.


Last update : 20th November 2015

  Singapore court: illicit timber trafficking through our ports not our problem
  Indonesia : After the NGOs: can Wakatobi National Park survive on its own?
  Indonesia : How Wakatobi痴 coral stays healthy and diverse
  Sabah, Malaysia : Illegal logging threatening Lower Kinabatangan wildlife
  Jokowi turning over a new leaf for Indonesia on haze but details still foggy
  Vietnam : Delayed decision leads to death of 30 pangolins
  Greenwashing? RSPO audits rife with 僧istakes and fraud, report finds
  In Photos: Rescued pangolins released back into the wild in Thailand
  Leaked report reveals massive illegal logging in Laos
  As fires wreak havoc in Indonesia, Malaysian state of Sabah targets green palm oil
  Indonesia losing billions from illegal logging
  Forest rangers killed in Cambodia while patrolling for illegal loggers
  Indonesia bans peatlands destruction
  ASAP: reversing decline of critically endangered species in Southeast Asia
  Community plants green shoots of hope in the land of the lost Javan tiger
  Lizard traffickers exploit legal loopholes to trade at world's biggest fair in Germany
  Singapore : Take a walk along Eco-Link BKE bridge specially reserved for animals
  Malaysia : Federal minister, Sabah leaders eating turtle eggs goes viral
  Indonesia : Police investigate govt office as 訴mportant documents go up in smoke
  Tokay Gecko captive breeding doesn稚 add up
  Indonesia breathes easier for now as haze recedes and rain falls

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)


With the rains come the frogs ! I'm looking forward to visiting the forest to listen to what's croaking in the ponds and streams ... and to get more lungfuls of clean, oxygen-rich air.



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